Historic Televised KHL Game Combines Hockey’s Past and Future

October 9th, 2012 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »
This afternoon, ESPN2 will broadcast its first-ever Kontinental Hockey League game as Dynamo Moscow faces off with HC Lev Praha in a matchup that pits one of hockey's most notable European forwards, Alex Ovechkin, against its top European defenseman in Zdeno Chara.

The 1 p.m. broadcast will feature a little slice of hockey's past, as fans will get to hear ESPN's Steve Levy call play-by-play for professional hockey for the first time since the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs. Levy will be joined by Barry Melrose, ESPN's go-to analyst for all things hockey (source: ESPN).

Before the 2004-05 lockout that led to the end of the NHL's relationship with ESPN, Levy was a major contributor to NHL 2Night as well as nationally broadcast hockey games. Since the NHL was taken off of ESPN and relegated to the then-Outdoor Life Network (now NBC Sports Network), Levy has been one of the few ESPN anchors to continue to acknowledge and support hockey as best he can, a burden he bears with ESPN vets John Buccigross and Linda Cohn.

Today's game will feature an element of nostalgia for fans who grew up watching hockey on ESPN during the '90s and early '00s, but the real story ...

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